Pros: Digital control is nice for monitoring smoker, nice size for 2 people.
Cons: Needs a stronger wattage element
My first smoker, been happy with it overall.
The digital control makes it nice for checking how the heat is doing. Set the temp and time and it does the rest. But you'll still want a probe temperature gauge to check the meat temperature for accuracy.
My only complaint is that it needs a higher wattage heating element for cooler/colder weather. In the warm months, it does great. But cooler weather puts the heating element to the test in trying to maintain and attain the desired temp setting. Not the best for cold weather smoking, takes a LONG time to reach a temp setpoint.
It was hard to use the AMNPS tray unless you had a higher temp set to keep air flowing thru the unit. However, the oem chip loader makes it easy to do the Mailbox Mod for using the AMNPS tray and makes cold smoking easier.
My wife likes the chicken and pastrami I've made with the MES, also done cheese.